Canon Canola L1011

Date of introduction:  1978 Display technology:  Fluorescent
New price:   Display size:  8
Size:  6.3" x 5.2" x 1.8"
 159 x 132 x 45 mm3
Weight:  9.8 ounces, 279 grams Serial No:  810681
Batteries:  4*AA or NiCd Pack-5 Date of manufacture:  mth 01 year 1978
AC-Adapter:  AD-1 Origin of manufacture:  Japan
Precision:  8 Integrated circuits:  HD38401A (5K 25) 
Memories:  1     
Program steps:   Courtesy of:  Joerg Woerner

The Canon Canola L1011 followed the L1010 within three years and adopted together with its sibling Canola L813 a much sleeker design. Shortly after the Canola L-3 was introduced with 12-digit calculating capacity instead the 8 digits found in the L813 and 10 digits of the L1011.

Dismantling the featured Canola L1011 calculator manufactured in January 1978 reveals a very cost effective design using a double-sided printed circuit board (PCB) centered around a Hitachi HD38401A single-chip calculator circuit connected to a 10-digit Vacuum Fluorescent Display (VFD), a keyboard assembly using a flexible PCB and powered by 4 AA-sized alkaline batteries.

Don't miss the stylish M-10 II calculator reusing the HD38401A chip.

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Joerg Woerner, February 18, 2023. No reprints without written permission.